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Contradictory messages hurting efforts to control Covid, expert warns
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Contradictory messages hurting efforts to control Covid, expert warns

Confusion over the government’s approach is undermining efforts to control coronavirus, an adviser has suggested, amid reports face masks could remain in use after 21 June if cases continue to rise. Plans to ease lockdown restrictions further next month remain in the balance as experts nervously monitor a new strain of the disease first identified in India. Professor Stephen Reicher, a psychologist on the Sage sub-committee which advises ministers on behavioural science, told BBC Radio 4's Today: The data we are seeing at the moment suggests we have a problem. We don't know how big the problem is - it might be bad, it might be very bad, we will learn in the next week or two. But, he said, the government’s advice was affecting attempts to get the virus under control. "They (ministers) ...